john baker, Eagle, ID, US

I have been woodworking for a couple years, mostly self taught.

I am not very interested in the "art" side of woodworking, rather how to make furniture, cabinets, chests, etc.

I have a small shop (less than 200 sq feet) in my 3rd bay garage. All my power tools are mobile on wheels so I can move them around as needed.

At this time I think I have a pretty good selection of tools so I am focusing on building, reading, etc.

I am a professional salesman in the high-end computer hardware / software business.

I live in SW Idaho.

I think "Fine Woodworking" web site and magazine are very good and recommend them to people interested in woodworking.

The biggest learning curve I have as a new woodworker is finding relevant information that is not opinion but fact.

2013 My skills have improved, although working alone sometimes is a challenge. I have made a headboard, nightstands, workbench drawers, yarn spinning tools and a cherry wall cabinet so far this year. I would not say that the work is fine but is improving. I have learned to sharpen a plane, make jigs and templates.

I am also gaining skill with tools purchased this year as well.
Dovetail Jig
Plunge router
Biscuit joiner
Jig Saw

My current project is a pair of library chairs made of red oak.

Completed 18th Century Blanket Chest.

Recent comments

Re: Free Plan: Craftsman Wall Cabinet

Completed in Summer 2013. All in all an ok plan. Door muntins were the largest issue.

I made in cherry with seeded glass in door.

What I would change - No muntins or different design

Re: Free Plan: Six-Board Chest

I recently made this chest from the free plan. The plans are very good and overall it is a great project to build.

I built mine from European Beech. The chest turned out great.

The only issue I had with this is the hinges. The hinges referenced are very expensive(about $200/pr). I choose some similar from Lee Valley that worked well and were only $18.


Re: Charles Rohlfs 1898 Desk Chair Reproduction

A work of art, very cool

Re: Bowfront Sideboard

John - great workmanship, you should be proud!

Re: Night stand

Wow, as nice as they get... Good Job!

Re: Last-Minute Gifts for Woodworking Dads

Oh anything from the grandkids would be great. Working in the shop pounding nails or painting a toolbox, a day with them is like taking a year of stress off your life.

But I suppose if money were not an issue:

Re: Free Chapter Download From Woodworking 101

Good chapter for simple to make tool drawers. Good learning technique as well.

Re: Purse Hanger

umm, purse hanger? I don't understand

Re: Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us

Looks like a really great class/event list!

I guess it is too much to ask for a Boise event? I have two spare rooms at my house for hosts or instructors and I will include meals for a free pass.

Re: My first cutting boards

Very nice... I have made a few recently, yours are much nicer. congrats

Re: Announcing Fine Woodworking's Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers--The Basics

Wow, I am such a begginner I had no idea this was even possible. What a great tool to have and learn toward the woodworking quest.

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